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I originally joined Spark People about 3 yrs ago. I was so excited!! I told everyone about it! Well, I have come & gone a few times since then. I was very commited until about the time my daughter got married & at the same time, my mother, who is in the final stage of COPD came to live with me. Now I barely do what has to be done most days & some days even that doesn't get done!
I am almost 53 yrs old, the mother of a beautiful daughter & 2 handsome sons and have 2 adorable granddaughters.
I have Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Osteoarthritis, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Hypothyroidism & have to eat a Casein-free diet. That is a lot but I am so blessed that that's ALL I have! It could be so much worse even though it's pretty bad a lot of days! I just thank God for each day!
I started out needing to lose about 100 lbs. Now I need to lose about 60. Now that I am on a Casein-free diet that is easier to do because I can't have so much of what I love! lol
Excited about another new beginning! Sadly, it is without one of the sweetest ladies I've ever known! I met her on SparkPeople but unfortunately, never in person. She was a huge motivator for me but told it to me straight too. I love her & miss her.

Member Since: 1/21/2010

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My Goals:
Today is September 2 and my goal is to lose 14.8 lbs in 90 days (Nov. 30th) for weight of 140. I am going to track my food and fitness. I plan to exercise at least one hour a day for 4 days a week.

My Program:
Now that I am on a Casein-free diet I am just logging my food usually before I eat it so I know what it will mean to my overall day. This is very new to me!! I am also doing mainly chair exercises due to my back pain. I am in physical therapy for my back & thanks to God & my physical therapy team, I haven't had to use a walker for over a year!

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My name is Karen and I live in KY. I have 1 daughter & son-in-law, 2 sons & 2 adorable granddaughters!!

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    Happy New Year to you! Brightest blessings for 2011 to be the happiest & healthiest year EVER! I'm so glad that we're SPARK FRIENDS & that we're on this journey to better health & happiness together!
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    3667 days ago
    ღ٭ Have a Happy & Healthy Week ٭ღ
    Don't be pushed by your problems.
    Be led by your dreams.
    We can't become what we need
    by remaining what we are.
    ~~Max Dupree~~
    3727 days ago
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    Just checking in. I have been away from the Sparks team for several months, but I am finally back!!! I have a rough road ahead of me due to health issues, but I know with the support of my Spark friends I will acheive my goals. Hope you are doing well. Talk to you again soon. Kristie
    3799 days ago
    Thank you so much for your comment on my blog and for the prayers. I greatly appreciate the support from you and everyone here on SP. This has come as such a shock. I didn't think I was going to have to worry about him going back but his wife leaving him has put him into quite a spiral and I think that has had a lot to do with this decision. He also thinks that now is the better time to return since his daughter is so young as he doesn't think she will know what is going on or miss him. I don't agree but there isn't anything I can do but support his decision.

    Yes I think my son will be disappointed if the transfer doesn't go through as he has had other plans and the authorization hasn't been given, like going to officer candidate school last summer. He was disappointed about that but got over it quickly because he had his family (wife & daughter) to lean on but that isn't the case this time so yes it will be very difficult and disappointing if he doesn't get the go ahead for the transfer.

    I haven't had to worry about my kids being so far away like you have until just recently when my oldest daughter moved to South Carolina to continue her schooling for Marine Biology and my stepson and his wife moved to Pennsylvania for her to continue with her schooling in Music therapy. Up until that time the farthest any of our children were was about 3 hours away. I guess that isn't quite true since my youngest son is about 10 hours away in Colorado for school right now also. When he finishes in 2 years I have no idea where he will be going as he will have to serve his 4 years in the army as he is going to school on an Army ROTC scholarship. The one thing there is that since he plans to go into intelligence (he wants to be a cryptologist) I don't think I should have to worry about him being sent to the front lines.

    Yes you are right about trusting the Lord. I pray that he will keep all my children safe, even the ones that aren't in the military. We just never know what can happen in the world anymore. I will keep your son in my prayers also, that he stays safe when he redeploys next April.

    Thanks again and take care.

    3807 days ago
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    Happy Monday!! Another month is drawing to a close... I hope you are seeing progress on your journey...

    Don't forget that the scale doesn't always tell the whole story. Have you measured yourself lately???

    You may just be amazed at what you discover!

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    3826 days ago
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